Boise State Defeats Portland State 3-1 at Northwest Challenge
Sierra Nobley led team with 16 kills.
Aug. 30, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Sarah Baugh guided Boise State to its first win of 2014 with a career-high 47 assists as the Broncos downed Portland State 3-1 at the Northwest Challenge Saturday morning in Bronco Gym. Freshman Sierra Nobley continues her hot start as a Bronco leading the team with 16 kills and four blocks, while sophomore Maddy O'Donnell added career-highs for kills and services aces with 14 and five, respectively, to go with a team-high five blocks. The win improved the Broncos to 1-1 on the year, its also snapped a two-match losing streak to the Big Sky Conference's traditional power in Portland State.

"I am really proud of my team today coming off a disappointing loss last night to Gonzaga, I thought they responded well," said head coach Shawn Garus. "It was good to see us play better this morning against Portland State and really jump on them from the start."
 
True freshman Sierra Nobley, from Scottsdale, Ariz., hit 30 percent in the match with her career-high 16 kills, she also added a service ace, seven digs and career-best four blocks.

"I felt good toady and thought the team supported me really well, our serve receive was so good that I was able to find a lot of openings in Portland State's block," said Nobley. "I felt really confident that my team would give me good sets and that I could get it past their block. This is a great win for us, some of the girls were talking before the match that they had never beaten Portland State, we did it today and I am really proud of everyone."

O'Donnell had a strong outing in her first match of the season recording career-highs for kills and service aces, she also had a team-second-best hitting percentage of .571. Redshirt-freshman Kaitlyn Oliver had a good second match as a Bronco recording a team-best hitting percentage of 58.8 percent for 11 kills, she also had three blocks, one solo.

Senior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel chipped in with nine kills while hitting 42.1 percent, to go with one service ace, five assists and six digs. Baugh added five kills, two service aces, seven digs and two blocks to her career-high assists. Hannah Hubbard played as the libero versus the Vikings recording a team-high 11 digs to go with one assist and career-tying three service aces.

As a team the Broncos hit 38.7 percent with 58 kills and 53 assists. They also combined for 13 service aces, 46 digs and eight blocks. Defensively, the Broncos held Portland State to 26.1 percent in hitting, 43 kills, 40 assists, two service aces, 31 digs and 10 blocks.

The Vikings were led by Roni LaPierre with 11 kills, one assist and seven digs. Cheyne Corrado followed with eight kills, one dig and one block.
 
Boise State came out storming from the opening serve winning the first two sets in dominating fashion. The Broncos hit 41.7 percent in the opening frame as they easily took it by 13 points, 25-12. Redshirt-freshman Kaitlyn Oliver led the Blue and Orange with four first set kills and one block, while Maddy O'Donnell added three kills, two service aces and three blocks.

The second set saw the Broncos rally from 2-0 down into a 4-3 lead, they never trailed again. Boise State stretched its advantage out to  a set-high nine points (20-11) late in the frame before taking it 25-19. Nobley led Boise State in the second frame with four kills and two blocks. The team hit 38.1 percent in the set and held PSU to 22.2 percent. The six-point win gave the Broncos a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission.

The third set saw Portland State rally from 15-10 down to win 25-23 to close the match score to 2-1 Broncos. The Vikings hit 45.2 percent to the Broncos 35.1 percent. The Vikings played much better in the third set answering Boise State's offensive attack well, recording five blocks in the set along with their solid hitting percentage. Nobley led the Broncos with six kills in the set as the team finished with 19 overall.

"I thought Portland State did a good job of making some adjustments in the third set when they rallied against us for the win," commented Garus. "I credit them for their play more than us letting up, Portland State is a good team. Overall it was a good back and forth volleyball match and luckily we responded and came out strong in the fourth set to get the win."

The fourth set saw the Broncos return with a vengeance as they quickly took control and refused to let Portland State back in as they claimed a 25-17 set win to clinch the match victory 3-1. The Broncos hit 41.4 percent in the set with Nobley and O'Donnell leading the team with four kills each.  

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